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Courses - Spring 2020
Israel Studies
Introduction to Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: JWST272, CMLT242.
Credit only granted for: JWST272, CMLT242, or ISRL249G.
A survey of Jewish literature and introduction to methods of reading literature in general and Jewish literature in particular. Concern with what makes a literary corpus Jewish and other issues of canonicity. All texts in English translation.
Jewry of Muscle: Zionism and Jewish Masculinity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: JWST319K.
Credit only granted for: JWST319K or ISRL329K.
Cross-listed with JWST319K. Credit granted for JWST319K or ISRL329K.

Part of the Zionist cultural project involved creating a new Jewish masculinity that would replace the diasporic "sissy Jew" with a strong, healthy new "Jewry of Muscle." Using literary and cinematic sources, we will analyze how these Zionist and Israeli cultural productions served to build (and sometimes undermine) this new model of Jewish masculinity.
Mizrahi Identity in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: JWST319D, HIST329Z.
Credit only granted for: JWST319D, HIST329Z, or ISRL329M.
Cross-listed with JWST319D and HIST329Z. Credit granted for JWST319D, ISRL329M, or HIST329Z.

This course brings to light narratives of Mizrahi identity in Israel and explores the trajectory of the Mizrahi struggle for equality through its various milestones: the 1959 Wadi Salib Revolt, the Black Panthers Movement in the 1970s, the emergence of the Israeli Sephardi-Orthodox party Shas, and the new wave of Mizrahi activism in the 21st century.
Global Migration and the Israeli Case Study
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: SOCY398G.
Credit only granted for: ISRL349K, GVPT368G, SOCY398G, SOCY398I, or ISRL343.
Formerly: ISRL349K.
Over 70% of Israel's population is made of first, second or third generation immigrants, who came from over 70 countries, making Israel an ultimate immigrant society. This course will focus on the history of Israel as a case study for the understanding of the historical phenomena of modern immigration.
Cross-listed with SOCY398G.
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; The Right in Israel: A Historical Examination
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST328F. Credit only granted for ISRL349D or HIST328F.

Israel has clearly moved towards the political Right during the last 30 years. This course will explore the history of that movement, beginning before Israeli became a state with the Revisionist movement and its offshoots. We focus primarily on post-1967, examining the religious and non-religious movements and parties that have advocated a Greater Israel. No previous knowledge of Israeli history required. Contact instructor for more information.
Seminar in Israel Studies; Media, Culture, and Society in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with COMM498D. Credit only granted for ISRL448B or COMM498D.

This course acquaints students with the historical development of media in Israel, from its government-sponsored monopolistic structure towards its current highly competitive, fragmented system. The course will discuss issues unique to Israel's media environment, including the media's role in nation-building, collective memory, social integration, and multiculturalism, and the securitization of media in the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Seminar in Israel Studies; Populism and Social Media: A Comparative Approach
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Crosslisted with COMM498E. Credit granted for COMM498E or ISRL448C

The new media ecosystem has had a major impact on the emergence of populist movements, and not only in advanced democracies. Populist leaders are using social media to achieve power and to manipulate public opinion once they hold it. The course will look at the world-wide phenomenon of populism and populist leaders, with an emphasis on the Israeli case of Prime Minister Netanyahu's move from Tele-populism to Digital populism.
Seminar in Israel Studies; The New Theater of Terror: Online Terrorism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as BSST338Y. Credit granted for BSST338Y or ISRL448V.

This course examines the relationships between modern terrorists and the new media, how terrorists use the online platforms, how democracies can respond to the challenge, and what are the prices of various measures.